Animation by Takeshi Murata
sound by Space Machine
30 second clip from "Melter 02", running time 4 minutes
The Guggenheim Museum, in celebration of their renovation and as a tribute to their former chairman Peter B. Lewis, commissioned the above work from Jenny Holzer, For the Guggenheim. Text from seven poems -- "The End and the Beginning," "Could Have," "Children of Our Age," "In Praise of Feeling Bad about Yourself," "The Joy of Writing," "Tortures," and "Parting with a View" -- by Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska are slowly projected across the exterior facade of the building. For the Guggenheim will screen from dusk to 11 pm every Friday through December 31 (with the exception of October 24). Vernissage TV shot the above footage.
Visual Foreign Correspondents is a "monthly series of audio-visual artworks for a number of screen-based platforms" which invites an international selection of artists to provide a local visual view onto their location. The platform is currently showing Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries' remake of their work Morning of the Mongoloids. Formed in 1999, Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge of Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries make dramatic text movies in a standard Monaco font. High-paced and set to an upbeat soundtrack, the works demand the full attention of the viewer/reader. Morning of the Mongoloids follows a white man as he wakes up after a night of heavy drinking to discover that he looks Korean, speaks Korean and lives in Seoul. The work is accompanied by an interview with the artists, conducted by Petra Heck.